For more information, questions or concerns:
To contact REES and schedule a TABE: 718-289-8100
“I saw opportunities, you could grow in housing, from the bottom, all the way to the top. So I said, let me try this out.”
The NYCHA Resident Training Academy helps hundreds of men and women each year – all residents of public housing – launch well-paying, upwardly-mobile careers with NYCHA. BWI, one of the Academy training partners, most commonly trains for the Caretaker J position. Caretaker J’s are members of NYCHA’s janitorial and grounds keeping staff. They perform day-to-day cleaning tasks in buildings and the surrounding grounds.
Typical tasks include sweeping; washing floors, stair halls and walls; cleaning elevator cabs; replacing lightbulbs; polishing metal fixtures; removing bulk debris; conducting safety inspections; servicing trash compactors; removing/shoveling snow and ice; and raking or sweeping grounds around buildings. Caretaker J’s are paid a competitive wage and offered a full benefits package and union membership.
The hiring process includes an interview, submission of documents including – but not limited to – valid state identification, original social security card, fingerprinting and drug testing. One of the ways BWI supports our trainees is by preparing them for this process and helping them collect required documents when necessary.
The application process begins with NYCHA REES. After a phone call to the REES Hotline to schedule an appointment for a Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test, applicants complete a pre-screening interview with NYCHA, followed by an information session at NYCHA REES. We conduct interviews and must drug screen all applicants.